Viola Davis, McQueen Bringing Their Oscars to Chicago?

Viola Davis, McQueen Bringing Their Oscars to Chicago?

Will Viola Davis and director Steve McQueen be bringing their armloads of Oscar noms, Oscar wins and countless other accolades to Chicago in the coming months? It is simply speculative at this point but I'm hearing quite a bit of optimism that the upcoming feature film collaboration between the two is likely to shoot in Chicago.

Viola Davis will be leading the cast of WIDOWS, the heist thriller being directed by 12 YEARS A SLAVE helmer Steve McQueen. This screenplay was co-penned by McQueen and GONE GIRL author Gillian Flynn, based on the long-departed British miniseries, a primetime crime drama that graced the airwaves between 1983-1985. If you have a surprising amount of time to kill, you can watch those episodes from the 1980's here.

The plot centers on the aftermath of four armed robbers killed during a failed heist, and their surviving widows join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves.

While we are awaiting a final verdict on WIDOWS, Davis, who wins Emmys regularly on ABC’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, is back on the big screen next month in Oscar hopeful FENCES, reprising her Broadway role in the August Wilson adaptation with Denzel Washington, who also directed the drama.

As filming locations and additional details for WIDOWS are made available... as always, I'll keep you posted! In the meantime, we'll remain hopeful that this project finds its home in the Chicagoland area.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at

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